View Full Version : isolating fosters?

7th March 2007, 07:11 PM
I have a question for all of you foster parents out there:

I am picking a sweetie death row baby (see the thread in the rescue section) and the guy who picked her up for me mentioned that she has a slight cough. Kennel cough would not surprise me one bit as she has been in the shelter for over a month. On a side note the shelter vet said that she has a slight heart arithmia, so I am hoping this is not a sign of progressed heart disease...
I don't want to expose my babies to kennel cough so what is a good plan for isolating her until this clears up? I know that it is airborn and highly contagious but I worry about my little Zoey because pups are so sensitive to any form of illness.
My rescue is going straight to the vet when I pick her up, so hopefully that will shed some light on whether this is or is not kennel cough.

7th March 2007, 07:45 PM
Do you have time to give your dogs the liquid vaccine that works fast to protect them? I dont know how you feel about kennel cough vaccination and actually havent given it myself but thought in this case it might be an option.

7th March 2007, 07:56 PM
The vaccines usually take at least a week to be effective and they only protect against one strand (there are at least 9). Wesley is vaccinated against bordatella and a few others (it was a 5 vaccination combo...can't remmeber everything) because we used to take him to the dog park all the time. My others however are not.

7th March 2007, 08:01 PM
Oh and I thought it might help you! I remember reading about it and thought it worked in 2 days or something. Hopefully your vet will have advice, its a tough situation your in - good luck